Anxiety in Parkinson’s Disease

Curran, Daniel (2020) Anxiety in Parkinson’s Disease. Doctoral thesis, University of East Anglia.

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Evidence shows that non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease are associated with reduced quality of life (QOL). Anxiety is one such symptom and it is highly prevalent among people with Parkinson’s (PwP). A systematic review, incorporating a meta-analysis, was undertaken to review the relationship between anxiety and QOL in PwP. By pooling data from 17 studies, the meta-analysis established that the relationship was strong (r = 0.53). Additionally, a review of regression data from 20 studies highlighted that anxiety predicted significant variance in participant QOL in all but two studies. Given the significance of anxiety highlighted in the review, it is important that the experience of anxiety among PwP is well understood. Research was therefore undertaken using a modified Nominal Group Technique to better characterise the ways in which anxiety is experienced by PwP. The range of anxiety experiences was broad, with some experiences representing generic anxiety experiences that are not unique to the Parkinson’s population. However, the majority of experiences related specifically to the symptoms of Parkinson’s or had the potential to be aggravated by them. Additional findings are reported relating to the existing approaches taken by our participants to manage their anxiety. Theoretical and clinical implications for all findings are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: Chris White
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2020 11:29
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2020 11:29

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